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"Without mentioning Ald. Anthony Beale (9th) by name, Mayor Rahm Emanuel on Monday offered thinly veiled criticism of the South Side alderman for the legislative scholarship awarded to Beale's daughter," the Sun-Times reports.

Rahm only mentions your name if you're a teacher or librarian.

"A joint investigation by the Chicago Sun-Times and the Better Government Association disclosed this week that State Rep. Robert Rita (D-Blue Island) - a friend and political ally of Beale who employs the alderman's wife - gave Beale's daughter a four-year, tuition-free ride to the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.

"It's the latest in a string of examples of coveted legislative scholarships benefitting the children of political insiders."

Who can't get their kids into private schools.

"On Monday, Emanuel was asked whether he considered the Taylor Beale scholarship appropriate.

"The mayor was reluctant to criticize Beale by name after partnering with the alderman on taxicab reform."

Really? He knows owes something to the guy who helped the mayor add a dollar to the flag pull?

"But, Emanuel left little doubt about where he stands at a time when college costs are skyrocketing out of control for the average Joe." (Hey, this guy's salary isn't going to make itself.)

"We've got to make sure, in an era where you earn what you learn, that college is accessible to everybody and that nobody loses out because somebody else gained," Rahm said.

But most assuredly, those who applied to Bob Rita for a legislative scholarship without the benefit of having a sitting alderman for a friend whose wife works for him lost out.

"As for the future of the much-criticized legislative scholarship program, Emanuel said it's up to the Illinois General Assembly to 'look at reforming and [bringing] integrity to a system to make sure that everybody in the neighborhood and everybody in our state has access to a college education who deserves it.'"

In other words, faced with an issue with blinding moral clarity, Rahm punted.


"Asked to respond to the mayor's criticism . . . "

Criticism? What, was he making faces when he made the most neutral statement possible?

" . . . Beale said, 'I agree with him. The fact that a person goes through the proper process and meets all the criteria - they should not be excluded from the process.'"

You know, the process we set up to benefit us and ours as long as we go through said process properly and meet all the criteria that we refuse to disclose to the public.

(Unasked of Beale: But Rita "won't say how many applications he gets or discuss how he chooses who'll get the college freebie" so how do we know the process was followed properly and all the criteria was met? Will you call on Rita to make the process and criteria public - including in the case of your daughter?)

Anthony Beale, Bob Rita and Rahm Emanuel, you are collectively today's Worst People In Chicago.

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"Dozens of mom, dads, community leaders and young activists chanted slogans against CME Group Inc.'s 'corporate welfare' as they delivered a golden toilet to Chairman Terry Duffy," the Tribune reports.

"CME spokesman Michael Shore wouldn't comment on the protest. 'However, on the tax issue, the disparity in corporate taxes was debated, discussed and resolved in the state legislature,' he wrote in an email."

The proper process was followed and all the criteria were met.

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"Community groups confronted HUD Secretary Shaun Donovan and Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan on Monday over a foreclosure fraud settlement the groups say is entirely inadequate," Curtis Black writes for Newstips.

"The groups object to the deal with the five largest mortgage services - including Bank of America and JPMorgan Chase - as a 'slap on the wrist' that would shield them from legal liability for a wide range of foreclosure misconduct."

Hey, c'mon now, let's not name names . . .

Slap Back
"We've all seen the headlines," the Better Government Association says. "Lawmakers have abused legislative scholarships for long enough - it's time to get rid of them.

"In theory, scholarships are for deserving young people.

"In reality, Illinois lawmakers dole out tens of thousands of dollars to children or relatives of their buddies, political allies or campaign workers.

"Lawmakers are returning to Springfield at the end of the month, and they can fix this problem be eliminating legislative scholarships.

"Will you add your name to our petition urging lawmakers to eliminate legislative scholarships?"

Honked Off
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The Beachwood Tip Line: Scholarly.


Posted on January 24, 2012

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